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Plant coach Robert Weiner will need more than one spring — and one half against a woefully overmatched foe — to sort out his quarterback competition.
Following Friday’s 44-0 romp of Leto in the spring jamboree, Weiner said the four-player derby will stretch into the summer. Rising senior James Few, the only candidate with meaningful varsity experience at the position, played most of the jamboree half, tossing three touchdowns against a Falcons team that suited up only 28 players.
But rising juniors Aaron Banks and Kyle Groh and senior-to-be Trey Holtz remain in the mix. Banks got limited action Friday after Few, who played extensively (15-for-29, 231 yards, three TDs, two INTs) his sophomore year when Phillip Ely was nursing a back injury, exited.
“My hope was to come down to the spring and narrow it down and come out of the spring with one guy, but we’re not quite there yet,” Weiner said. “The guys are so close and nobody’s eliminating themselves by doing anything bad; they all do good stuff.”
Number of the day
22 Repetitions of 225 pounds East Bay rising senior offensive lineman Matt Ludwig (5-foot-8, 275 pounds) bench pressed at a recent combine, according to first-year Indians coach Frank LaRosa. Ludwig was among only seven Indians with prior varsity experience to play in Friday’s spring jamboree at Spoto.
Pats to tackle another sport
Carrollwood Day coach Lane McLaughlin has found what he deems an ideal complement to his fledgling program. Starting next winter, the Patriots will offer wrestling, with defensive coordinator Sal Cuono coaching the team. McLaughlin is already heralding 180-pound rising two-way senior Deuce Gruden, who bench presses almost twice his body weight, as a Class A state contender.
“The O-lines up there are a lot bigger. The kids are bigger up there in general. The speed down here is off the charts though.” — LaRosa, a Long Island, N.Y., native detailing the difference between prep football in the Northeast and Florida